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Think Of Our Local Farmers At Your Dinner Time

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We are blessed to have the best food in the world and lots of it. Not everyone around the globe has this luxury. I think we just all take eating for granted. I think it’s time to stop and think, maybe at dinner time tonight with each bite.

Funny, in our house my wife, son and I will have a hard time coming up with a decision of “what’s for dinner”. We actually can make work out of it. Meanwhile there are other human beings, just like us, in other parts of the world that are worrying about if they will have anything to eat tonight.

Why are we different from them? Is it because we are better or smarter than them? No, that is not the case. The answer is simple, we live where the best and most plentiful food is. And that my friend, is because of our farmers. They’re the ones who produce that food we are discussing here.

Actually, the farmer here in the mid-west and the rest of the U.S. not only feeds us. He feeds the entire world. And that’s why I strongly feel that a new farm bill should move forward. And it’s not just about the food, there’s much more to it.
Calling the farm bill the “farm bill” suggests its impact is limited only to farms and to the rural areas to which they are so closely tied. It’s really a jobs bill. A food bill. A conservation bill. A research bill. An energy bill. A trade bill. In other words, it’s a bill that affects every American.

The farm bill affects our nation’s ability to provide the necessities of life for a global population projected to pass 9 billion by 2050. Here at home, it affects an industry that provides 23 million or 1 in every 12 American jobs.

We talked to South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem on our show live from Washington the other morning and stressed how important we feel the new farm bill is. And we hope Congress will pass it.

And yes, it benefits American farms, 98 percent of which are owned and operated by families. It helps big farms and small farms.

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